Engraver: Rowlandson, Thomas
View of Norwich in 1799 showing the cathedral and castle in the distance. 18th-century Norwich was a centre for wool and silk manufacturing as well as a trading centre for goods coming to Britain from America, the Far East and the East Indies. Daniel Defoe, writing in the early 18th century, was impressed by Norwich, calling it "an antient, large, rich, and populous city" although the castle was "antient and decayed, and now for many years past made use of for a jayl". The cathedral, he thought, "is a fine fabrick, and the spire steeple very high and beautiful". The artist Thomas Rowlandson was primarily known as a caricaturist but also painted other genres.